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The Pharmacy Technology curriculum prepares students to function as healthcare professionals in both retail and institutional pharmacies. Students may be employed in chain drug stores, independent pharmacies, mail order pharmacies, hospital pharmacies and medical clinics. Other career opportunities may include employment with state healthcare agencies and prescription benefit management companies.
AWARD OFFERED Short Certificate
While completion of a formalized training program, and/or seeking certification as a pharmacy technician (CPhT) should benefit graduates as they enter the workforce, at this time these credentials are not required by the Alabama Board of Pharmacy in order to practice as a pharmacy technician. Additional information regarding pharmacy technician training and regulatory issues can be found at the Alabama Board of Pharmacy’s website, www.albop.com.
Statewide, the mean hourly wage for pharmacy technicians was $13.63, with experienced technicians averaging $15.46 hourly. For areas within a 60 mile radius from Wallace State’s Hanceville campus, the mean hourly wage for pharmacy technicians was $13.72, with experienced technicians averaging $15.68 hourly. (Source: Alabama Department of Labor, Labor Market Information).
Median national annual earnings of pharmacy technicians in May 2012 were $29,320, with the highest 10 percent earning more than $42,400 per year. (Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.)
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Brandon Brooks, Program Director